A "small world" story

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#1 Tue, 1998-06-23 23:19
Stuart Kremsky
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A "small world" story

And boy do i mean small... by day i work in the royalty department of fantasy records, where i field an odd assortment of questions about songs and publishers and jazz in general. i get a call the other day from an independent documentary film-maker on the east coast, asking about whether or not fantasy had a version of a particular charles mingus tune (my jelly roll soul, if you care, and the answer is no: it was recorded for atlantic and columbia in the late 50s, but not for any fantasy-associated label; but i digress). then she says "it sounds like you know something about jazz, maybe you could help with this other question" "sure" "well, there's this track by sun ra, 'rough house blues', and i'm having a really hard time trying to license it for my film." "hmm, 'rough house blues,' you heard that on evidence's singles collection, right?" silence. "...yeah, that's right." i ask her if she's sitting down. she says "yes". "that's my single." i tell her. she has just asked me about licensing the rights from evidence for the ONE single i lent them for the singles set. this is practically beyond belief, but it's nonetheless absolutely true. i advise her by the way to not even bother to try and license it, she'll never get the price down to something she can afford (i think she said the first quote was $5000) for what amounted to a tiny bit of incidental music. but all very weird. and very ra. --sk